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January 26, 2016 / diannegray

That’s what the doodle-do

When I watched The Big Lebowski many moons ago, I began referring to people as dudes as a bit of a joke. Over the years the word dude snuck its way into my silly vocabulary and stuck there.

Remember that dude, who…? I’ll say to friends, or some dude cut me off in traffic…

I didn’t realise how dude-ified I’d become until last weekend.

The setting: Sitting on the Writer’s Nook having a post-dinner wine with hubby and talking about a person we don’t know very well who was about to invest in something stupid.

Hubby – Should we tell him it’s a stupid investment?

Me – We barely know the dude

Hubby – I guess, but if it was me, I’d like to get advice on the risks

Me – We’re in no position to offer advice – we’re not experts in the field

Hubby – (concerned) But if we can see it’s stupid, why can’t he?

Me – Look, the dude will do what the dude will do. It’s not up to us

Hubby – Did you say doodle-do?

Me – No – I said the dude will do what the dude will do

Hubby – (laughing and pointing at me) You said, the doodle-do what the doodle-do!

Me – (embarrassed) No. I said the dude WILL do!

Hubby – doodle-do, doodle-do, doodle-do. That’s what the doodle-do! (he’s such a tease!)

This conversation was enough to put me off using the word dude for the rest of my life (when I stop laughing about it). In the end the man didn’t go through with the investment because someone else told him how stupid it was.

On a less embarrassing note…

…meet my new friend Jazzman (even he was laughing at me during the conversation about doodle-do). I called him Jazzman because I was listening to a jazzy Van Morrison song when I first saw him.


Hello – my name is Jazzman


I’d be a great piano player

I took a photo of him using the flash a few nights later and he looked like he belonged in a horror movie. Poor Jazzman!


What the hell have you done to my eyes?

xxx Have a great week! xxx



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  1. Carrie Rubin / Jan 26 2016 8:17 am

    Jazzman is a pretty cute *dude*! (And this from a woman who doesn’t normally find slimy creatures cute…)

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  2. Janna G. Noelle / Jan 26 2016 8:34 am

    Is that one of the famous poisonous frogs? And is that inside or outside?


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:01 pm

      Absolutely not poisonous, Janna 😀 The cane toads are the famous poisonous ones and they nearly wiped out this lovely species of native frog. It was outside and catching mosquitoes and bugs 😉


  3. Jill Weatherholt / Jan 26 2016 8:48 am

    Oh my gosh! You know I’ve been waiting for this, Dianne. He’s adorable!


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:04 pm

      And he’s very fat, Jill – which is a great sign that he’s getting a load of bugs 😀 These species of frog are not as common as they were because an introduced species of toad nearly wiped them out (the introduced toad ate the frogs tadpoles). It’s great to see Jazzman and his kind emerging again. I’m so glad you like him! 😉

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  4. avwalters / Jan 26 2016 8:50 am

    Love the frog–and the doodled.


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:05 pm

      The doodle-do what the doodle-do 😀

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      • avwalters / Jan 26 2016 12:28 pm

        (And little lambs eat ivy. A kid’ll eat ivy, too.)


      • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:35 pm

        Mares eat oats and does eat oats – and I sing doodle-do… 😉

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  5. JackieP / Jan 26 2016 8:56 am

    Dude, he is so cute. 😉

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  6. Maddie Cochere / Jan 26 2016 9:20 am

    Perfect name – I love his jazz hands in the first picture. Your husband is so cute. I swear, he’s related to Rich. Thanks for not having a spider or snake when I showed up. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:07 pm

      I was nearly going to do a post about an odd spider-web hubby and I saw the other day, but I thought better of it, Maddie 😉

      Jazzman is very a cool little critter indeed. He’s quickly become one of my favorites 😀

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  7. Bonnie / Jan 26 2016 10:00 am

    I’m totally laughing, dude!! 🙂 and Jazzman has some serious style, dude.

    OK, I’ll stop. I promise!!


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    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:08 pm

      Haaaaaa. Hey, dude I’m glad you’re totally laughing! I didn’t realize how much this word had snuck in. I’ve got to get it under control, dude 😀

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  8. Amy Reese / Jan 26 2016 10:33 am

    Doodle do sounds like a yodeling song or something, Dianne. Every now and then, I say dude. Nothing else will do, dude. I absolutely love jazzman and his jazz hands!! So cute.


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:10 pm

      He is such a cool dude! lol – and he’s eating a lot of bugs which makes me very happy, Amy. This is certainly a ‘no insecticide’ zone 😀

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      • Amy Reese / Jan 26 2016 12:34 pm

        Yay! It’s a win-win. You get to see his cuteness and he gets to eat bugs!


      • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:38 pm

        He’s getting very fat! I’m loving it 😉

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  9. agjorgenson / Jan 26 2016 10:49 am

    Doodle-do… oh that’s so very nice, and a blog-topic to boot!


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:12 pm

      I love writing about anything, Allen (particularly if they’re silly and cute and make people smile) 😀

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  10. jmgoyder / Jan 26 2016 10:52 am

    So funny!


  11. Pagadan / Jan 26 2016 11:05 am

    Ah, a White’s tree frog! Love them. My sister used to have some: Sydney, Yampi, Tazi, …


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:16 pm

      They weren’t around in this area for a while because of the cane toads eating their tadpoles, but they’re coming back now, Joy, and I’m so glad. The more the merrier! 😀


  12. anotherday2paradise / Jan 26 2016 11:06 am

    That’s really funny, Dianne. I can’t say the word ‘dude’ without feeling self conscious about it. It’s taken me years to even call something ‘cool’ instead of nice or enjoyable. I think I must be really old school. 😀 Nevertheless, I will say that Jazzman is one very cool dude. 😎

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  13. Jacqui Murray / Jan 26 2016 11:41 am

    And now I’M going to be saying ‘doodle do what doodle do’. That is too addicting. My husband have been having fun with Brit-speak–all those luscious words our Brit cousins use–like brilliant, knackered, steady on. You know–those words. ‘Doodle do’ will fit in perfectly.


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:20 pm

      I think doodle-do will be a great one to use, Jacqui! The Brits and Aussies have some weird words for things that (sometimes) need interpretation even for me 😉


  14. the eternal traveller / Jan 26 2016 11:56 am

    I will never again be able to use that word without thinking of you Dianne. Don’t husbands love taking the mickey! Jazzman is very cute but I wouldn’t like him to live in my house. You can keep him.


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:22 pm

      My hubby loves taking the mickey and I know he’s certainly not alone 😉
      Jazzman is outside (thank goodness). I don’t like having frogs in the house, they’re worse than kids with the mess they make 😉

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      • the eternal traveller / Jan 26 2016 12:25 pm

        I reckon all husbands must do a “Taking the Mickey our of Y0ur Wife” course before they get married!


      • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:33 pm

        It’s because we’re all so wonderful. they love it when we (occasionally) show were not perfect 😉 lol

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  15. Luanne / Jan 26 2016 12:00 pm

    The Jazzman is adorable. My daughter’s friend who I’ve known since she was little is a huge frog lover and usually has at least one frog that looks like this dude!
    I wrote a poem many years ago for my dad (just for him, not a serious one) that was called The Ballad of Rudy the Dude. Rudy was my dad. He LOVED that poem so much. He framed it and made everybody read it. My mom set it out at the funeral home when he died so people could read it. Talk about embarrassing!!!!!


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:26 pm

      That’s so touching, Luanne! Your father was so proud of you. Embarrassing, but also beautiful xxxx

      I love frogs as well (and bees). When we’ve got these little dudes all over the place I know our environment is doing okay 😀


  16. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 26 2016 12:01 pm

    Doodle do….Jazzman is such a great addition to your collection of friends. xx


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:27 pm

      Jazzman is so lovely (and keeping my writer’s nook clear of nasty bugs). I love him 😀

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      • Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 26 2016 12:31 pm

        I had a very similar creature attach itself to my window for a while but then it vanished. I wish it had stayed!


      • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:37 pm

        I always wonder what happens to them when they vanish like that… I like to think they’ve just found a better place to hunt 🙂

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      • Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 26 2016 12:52 pm

        That is a great way of looking at it. 🙂

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  17. Gallivanta / Jan 26 2016 12:01 pm

    Let me add a doodle, with With Jazzman and your dude doodle, and the magpies, and a cock-a-doodle-doo, you could have an orchestra on the dude ranch.


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 12:30 pm

      Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle! YES – I love this poem. Thanks so much for sharing it here. I’ll make a recording of the orchestra one day 😉

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      • Gallivanta / Jan 26 2016 12:37 pm

        Oh, you must. It will be so pleasing on the ear. 🙂

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  18. EllaDee / Jan 26 2016 12:50 pm

    Having a post dinner wine will do that to a dude and a dude-ess, especially if follows a pre dinner wine or 2 as is the custom here. Your buddy Jazzman is a cool froggy-dude… it’s amazing how chilled they are around humans 🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 26 2016 1:22 pm

      “pre dinner wine or 2 as is the custom here” – yes this dude and dude-ess do this as well! 😀

      I can go right up to Jazzman and he has no fear at all. Frogs are so cool like that. I found one in the bathroom a few weeks back and he was covered in fluff so I washed him and put him in a pot-plant. Then yesterday (I’m sure it was the same frog) was back in the bathroom again. I picked him up and went to put him in the pot-plant and he jumped into my mouth (luckily it was only slightly open so it was just a brief kiss) LOL

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  19. nrhatch / Jan 26 2016 1:33 pm

    Play it sweet, Jazzman!

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  20. prior2001 / Jan 26 2016 3:28 pm

    Thanks for the smile with the doodle do! So fun- and we just love playing with words and phrases-
    Or pausing to notice how something comes out and sounds – and don’t even want to gets started on lines and phrases from movie (so fun) but do need to add that I was saying “yo” a lot for a couple months – not sure if you have seen the movie “School of Rock”- but there is a “Harvard, Yo!” line that my hubs repeats when he once in a while wears his maroon Harvard T- and then this blogger was saying yo- so those led me to saying “yo” way too much. But it was also fun – kinda the same vibe as humming in the kitchen – and sometimes this kind of verbiage makes life fun- and so just hearing this fun convo – dude will do….. all natural and not pretentious – it is just fun.


    • diannegray / Jan 27 2016 7:51 am

      I’ve seen School of Rock a couple of times and love it! Now I’ll probably add ‘yo’ to my vocabulary just to throw hubby off the ‘dude’ jokes 😀
      You’re right – this is a load of fun and I’m really glad you enjoyed the post 😀

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  21. davidprosser / Jan 26 2016 4:35 pm

    I’m surprised Hubby still has kneecaps after teasing you like that. Either you’re very passive or he’s a good runner.
    Nice to meet Jazzman, he looks a bit of a star.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


    • diannegray / Jan 27 2016 7:52 am

      Hubby is a big teaser, so I’m used it now, David – but believe me, I give as good as I get 😉
      xxx Massive Hugs back at you, my friend xxx


  22. Zen A. / Jan 26 2016 7:10 pm

    Hahaha, your hubby is really such a tease! I would’ve turned beetroot red had that happened to me!

    Jazzman is very cute! For a frog. xD


    • diannegray / Jan 27 2016 7:53 am

      Yep – I turned beetroot red, Zen. What a tease he is! 😉


  23. Kate Johnston / Jan 26 2016 8:43 pm

    Jazzman is such a cute dude! 😉 So green, and I can’t get over his — well, they can’t be fingers — do frogs have fingers? No clue. He’s cute regardless.


    • diannegray / Jan 27 2016 7:56 am

      I could just imagine him slapping those ‘fingers’ on a keyboard, Kate. I actually don’t know what to call them either so I just Googled it. Apparently frogs have fingers and toes, so you are right! 😉


  24. donnajeanmcdunn / Jan 27 2016 2:02 am

    Thank you for the laugh, I needed it. I love frogs and Jazzman is perfect even if he is green!


    • diannegray / Jan 27 2016 7:57 am

      I’m so glad you got a laugh out of this. I’m still giggling a bit over the entire episode. Very embarrassing, but funny 😀


  25. danniehill / Jan 27 2016 2:48 am

    I’ve always enjoyed using ‘dude’. It fits so well with my Southern accent. And those darn tree frogs are everywhere I live no matter the continent. I’ll be 15 miles offshore in my little boat and reach into a locker and one will jump out at me. Even when writing at night there are a couple of big ones that jump onto my window and make me jump. Great photos


    • diannegray / Jan 27 2016 7:58 am

      You’re so lucky, Dannie. I love these frogs (and they obviously love following you everywhere) 😉

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  26. Andrea Stephenson / Jan 27 2016 5:28 am

    Oh Jazzman is very handsome. I can honestly say I’ve never said ‘dude’ 🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 27 2016 7:59 am

      It was never in my vocab either, Andrea. I started it as a joke and wish now it hadn’t stuck! I’m trying to ‘unlearn’ it 😉

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  27. Charissa / Jan 27 2016 6:52 am

    So funny! That’s awesome. The doodle-doo. I probably am going to start saying dude now because my kids would think I rock a doodle-doo. Hee hee. And Jazzman would make an excellent pianist with those beautiful fingers of his. I’m assuming he’s a he–or a dood–because he’s not called Jazzwoman?


    • diannegray / Jan 27 2016 8:03 am

      I haven’t checked if Jazzman is a male of female, Char (I wouldn’t even begin to know how to do that) LOL 😀

      If you use the word ‘dude’, let us know if the kids high-five you or run away with embarrassment (mine ran away with embarrassment) 😀


      • Charissa / Jan 28 2016 1:59 am

        Oh, was that embarrassment? I thought they were running away to tell their friends how cool I was.


      • diannegray / Jan 28 2016 1:08 pm

        Haaaaa. Love it! 😀


  28. jmmcdowell / Jan 27 2016 7:14 am

    “Dude” is not a word I usually use. But once in a blue moon, it slips in when I’m talking with a younger generation. The expression on their faces is priceless. :0


    • jmmcdowell / Jan 27 2016 7:15 am

      Grr, that was supposed to be a 🙂 !

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    • diannegray / Jan 27 2016 8:06 am

      I can just imagine! My kids cringed when they first heard me say it, but then they realized I was just using the word as a bit of a joke 😉


  29. restlessjo / Jan 27 2016 7:20 am

    Not every day you get to be kissed by a handsome frog, Dianne 🙂


  30. tchistorygal / Jan 27 2016 8:15 am

    Dudette, your froggie friend is quite astounding. He looks somewhat intelligent. I’ll bet HE told that doodle what to do. 🙂 When he spoke, it probably freaked that dude out so much that he called right up and cancelled his investment. Another success story from Froggy, Inc. 🙂


  31. pommepal / Jan 27 2016 11:11 am

    Oh Dianne you have made my morning eaves dropping on your conversation with your delightful dudeman, er hubby!!! I’m still chuckling… Little Jazzman looks as though he/she has just dropped in from an episode of Star Wars gazing at you with those ruby red eyes. Pleased the cane toads have not found him… Stay cool dude…🙆


    • diannegray / Jan 28 2016 1:05 pm

      Thanks, Pauline (dudette) 😀 I love listening to funny conversations too (don’t ever sit near me in a restaurant) 😉

      These little fellas dropped off for a long time after the cane toads came and it’s so good to see them making a comeback xxx

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  32. Sheila / Jan 28 2016 2:03 am

    The Big Lebowski is one of my favorite movies! It always makes me laugh. I hope the Jazzman does find a piano to play. Those fingers of his really are calling out for it.


    • diannegray / Jan 28 2016 1:10 pm

      It’s a great movie and Jeff Bridges is one of my all time favourites! I think I watched it about three times in the first week it came out.

      I might see if I can find a piano tutor for Jazzman – lol 😀


  33. ParentingIsFunny / Jan 31 2016 4:46 am

    I was thinking Jazzman because he has jazz hands. Certainly a cute frog. I must show my daughter those pics. She has 8 stuffed frogs. They’re her favorite animal. I say Dude also, and I haven’t even seen that movie. When someone cuts me off in traffic, I’ll often say, “Dude!” But doodle-do is quite funny!


  34. roughwighting / Jan 31 2016 7:31 am

    Okay, you rocked the dialogue! I was laughing hard as I read it, first in my head, then out loud. Doodle do to you. I think you are the MAN, dude. (that was a joke, I don’t really talk like that. Do I? Oh, dude, this is embarrassing….) 🙂


  35. Kourtney Heintz / Feb 1 2016 5:24 am

    LOL. Adorable story about Doodle-do. 😉 That last pic is a bit creepy. I wish flash wouldn’t do that to eyes. It does something like that to my dog. Not cool.


    • diannegray / Feb 2 2016 7:25 am

      That flash adds a bit of evil to photos, Kourtney – yikes!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the doodle-do story, dude 😀


  36. beeblu / Feb 1 2016 8:07 pm

    Husbands can be so annoying when one us trying to be serious. (Although the use of the word dude does kind of dilute the attempt 😋)

    Jazzman with the bloodcurdling eyes – hilarious 😂


    • diannegray / Feb 2 2016 7:31 am

      Husbands are the worse at teasing. I’m sure they do a uni degree in it before they get married 😉


  37. Britt Skrabanek / Feb 7 2016 2:45 pm

    DUDE! That is a funny ass story. Clearly, I will never stop saying dude. I say “man” a lot too. I seriously said this to my boss the other day…Ah, come on, man! 🙂

    I thought you named your friend Jazzman, because he has permanent jazz hands.


  38. Minuscule Moments / Feb 10 2016 3:07 pm

    Dianne sounds like you both had a few wines and a good laugh. Love your frog even the glowing eyes, one he is adorable.

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  39. jacksjottings / Apr 28 2016 9:50 am

    I liked the play on words,
    I think that was a one liner of John Wayne’s ” A dude must do what a dude must do.”
    Jazzman is really giving me the eye from the top of the door.
    I have an ornamental frog playing the piano and he looks like a Jazzman. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Apr 30 2016 7:56 am

      Jazzman has been AWOL for about a week now – I was worried at first but then I thought it might be because the weather has cooled down. Hopefully he’s sowed his wild oats and we’ll have loads of tiny Jazzmens next summer 😀

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